Tennis: No birthday mercy as Serena crushes Spaniard
NEW YORK (AFP) - Top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams inflicted the most lopsided US Open women's quarter-final defeat in 24 years on birthday-girl Carla Suarez Navarro to reach a semi-final against China's Li Na.
Williams routed the 18th-seeded Spaniard 6-0, 6-0 in just 52 minutes on Tuesday, Suarez Navarro's 25th birthday, to reach a match-up on Friday with Li, the 2011 French Open champion who ousted Russian 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova.
Reigning French Open champion Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner seeking her fifth US Open crown and ninth title of the year, has dropped only 13 games in five wins on her way to the semis for a fifth US Open appearance in a row.
Asked if this was her most dominant US Open performance, Williams said, "I guess so. I haven't thought about it yet. I'm still in the tournament and I'm not thinking about, like, 'I'm really dominant now'."